Ever since Star Wars: The Force Awakens concluded, fans have been dying to see what happens next in the ongoing Star Wars saga. Director Rian Johnson had a lot to accomplish with this latest movie and he certainly managed to cram a lot in there. Star Wars: The Last Jedi has a lot going on and, that being the case, there's likely a lot you missed on your first viewing.

One thing that the new Star Wars movies have been very good at is referencing other lore within a galaxy far, far away. Some of that can be from other movies, but often times, these references dig deep into the greater Star Wars mythology. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is no different, as it's absolutely jam-packed with references, imagery and Easter eggs that give fans plenty to look out for.

If you've already seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, then you likely caught some of these noteworthy things hidden within the movie. However, there's plenty you probably missed so, in case you want to know what was hidden within the latest Star Wars movie, here's everything you might have missed in The Last Jedi. Warning: major spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi follow.

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Luke's damaged hand.

Luke's damaged hand

Ever since the end of The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker has been dealing with a very damaged hand. Or lack of one, for that matter. He's been rocking a robotic hand for more than 30 years, which is on full display in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That wasn't exactly hidden and was even shown again at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, in a very fun bit of attention to detail, we can see that his robotic hand is still damaged. If you'll recall, Luke's hand was shot during his battle on Jabba's barge in Return of the Jedi. In The Last Jedi, if you look for it, you can still see the damage from the blaster on his robotic hand.

Luke's X-Wing.

Luke's X-Wing

Luke has been hanging out on Ahch-To for quite some time when we encounter him in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The island that houses the secrets of the Jedi order is still very much a mystery in many ways, but what isn't a mystery is how Luke Skywalker made his way to the island. He, as revealed in the movie, flew his trusty X-Wing there. Though, it's clear he has no intentions on ever leaving, as his famed ship sits underneath the water at the base of the island. But part of his ship has been put to good use. If you look closely at the door to Luke's hut, you'll notice that one of the S-foils from his X-Wing was repurposed as a door. Grumpy, old Luke Skywalker likes his privacy.

Laser sword.

Lazer Sword

Those who are even casual fans of the Star Wars franchise know what a lightsaber is. The weapon of choice for the Jedi isn't just a recognizable staple within the saga, but a truly identifiable item in the greater pop culture spectrum. But those who aren't really into Star Wars have been guilty of calling them a "laser sword." As irritating as this may be for Star Wars fans, director Rian Johnson brilliantly worked the phrase into The Last Jedi, having a very grumpy Luke say it to Rey at one point rather sarcastically. Somehow, this phrase made its way into a Star Wars movie and totally worked out.

Green milk.

Green Milk

Blue milk, sometimes called Bantha milk, has been a staple of Star Wars from the very beginning. A favorite drink of those who traverse a galaxy far, far away, the delicious-looking blue beverage is something fans are quite familiar with. Star Wars: The Last Jedi had a bit of an interesting nod to this in the form of a new twist on the drink; green milk. In one of the early scenes in The Last Jedi, Luke is seen milking a large, alien creature that inhabits the island of Ahch-To. From this alien, he gets a beverage that looks like blue milk, but is green. It doesn't look very good, probably because we're watching the process of obtaining the green milk, but Luke drinks it down. Maybe not delicious, but clearly nutritious.

The Jedi insignia.

Jedi insignia

One of the most iconic symbols in the Star Wars canon is the Jedi insignia. Though, strangely, it hasn't been that present in the movies, but fans are still familiar with the symbol. However, Star Wars: The Last Jedi brings the Jedi insignia into the movies in a very meaningful way. As Rey is exploring Ahch-To, the Force tree on the island calls out to her. Inside the tree, she finds the oldest texts that contain the teachings of the Jedi. On one of the books she pulls out, the Jedi insignia can be seen, though covered in a little dust, quite clearly on the book.

Poe's jacket is still Finn's jacket.

Finn and Poe

One memorable big in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was Poe's jacket. After crashing on Jakku, Finn found the jacket in the wrecked Tie Fighter and took it. Once reunited with Poe at the Resistance base, Poe decided that Finn looks good in the jacket, so it became Finn's. Once Finn awakens from his long, healing slumber and gets dressed, he once again sports the jacket. One detail that was pretty easy to miss though, is the fact that the jacket has been fixed. During Finn's fight with Kylo Ren, the hilt on Kylo's lightsaber burned a hole in the jacket. If you look closely in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the jacket has been repaired.

Rose's Rebel ring.

Rebel Ring

Kelly Marie Tran is introduced into the Star Wars franchise in The Last Jedi as Rose Tico. She's very passionate about being part of the Resistance and clearly has a deep respect for these heroes who do the right thing for the galaxy, dating way back to the day of the Rebel Alliance. This is evidenced by her ring. During a key moment in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rose reveals to some young children on Canto Bight that her ring has the Rebel insignia on it. This reappears later on in the movie toward the end in a very inspiring moment, as one of those kids now has the ring with the Rebel symbol on it, representing the spark of the Resistance.

Alderaan trees.

Alderaan trees on Canto Bight

Canto Bight was one of the big, new locations introduced in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The luxurious casino planet plays an important part in the plot of the movie and it is a lot to take in. That being the case, it's pretty easy to assume many fans didn't catch a pretty important reference to Princess Leia's home planet of Alderaan. There are some trees that can be seen on Canto Bight and, unless you're looking for it, they seem pretty unassuming. However, even though Alderaan was destroyed years ago by the death star, some of the trees from the planet managed to live on and are now converted by the wealthy, many of whom hang out on Canto Bight. That being the case, the Alderaan trees are there to class the place up. Keep an eye out for them on your next viewing.

Crait mirrors Hoth.


The final conflict in Star Wars: The Last Jedi takes place on the planet Crait. This planet was once home to a Rebel base, which has been abandoned for years. Even though the land looks snowy, it's covered in salt. Still, the salt flats are very reminiscent of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back. Though Star Wars: The Last Jedi isn't just a remake of The Empire Strikes Back, Crait serves as a strong callback to the beloved Star Wars movie. Not only in appearance, but the main battle sequence uses walkers, speeders and the Rebels trying to safeguard their base. In the Star Wars universe, history tends to repeat itself.

Force Trees finally revealed.

Force Tree

If you've only ever watched the Star Wars movies, the Force tree seen on the island of Ahch-To in The Last Jedi was something totally new to you. However, those obsessive Star Wars fans who have been keeping up with the expanded universe over the years were likely delighted to see a Uneti Force tree on the big screen. In the expanded Star Wars universe, be it the comics, novels or animated shows, these Force trees have been a clear obsession of the Jedi order for a long time. Thanks to Rian Johnson, they're not part of the on screen Star Wars canon and helped deepen the Jedi mythology.

Poe's necklace.

Poe Necklace

Maybe you haven't noticed, and nobody would blame you, but Poe Dameron wears a necklace in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That alone could serve as something you may have missed, but the necklace has some significance. Those who have read the expanded universe novels and comics may be familiar with Poe's mom, Shara Bey, who was a heroic Rebel pilot. Poe's necklace actually has his mom's wedding ring on it, which is a pretty deep reference to the expanded universe and a signal of Poe's love for his mother. It's tough to spot in the movies, but it's there if you really look for it.

Is Poe Force sensitive?

Poe Force Sensitive

Poe Dameron is known as the best pilot in the Resistance and that is displayed very effectively in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. He's on point and helps lead the Resistance to a big, yet costly victory early on. So how is it that Poe is able to do these things in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and survive? One theory is that he's Force sensitive. Digging into the expanded canon a bit, Poe actually grew up under the roots of a Force tree his mom planted, which was stolen from a vault guarded by Palpatine. Perhaps his proximity to the Force helps him to be the greatest pilot in the Resistance. Or maybe he's just a really good pilot.

Snoke's Praetorian guards.

Praetorian guards

There are references to the original Star Wars trilogy present in The Last Jedi. One such callback comes in the form of the red guards protecting Supreme Leader Snoke's' throne room. The guards bare a striking resemblance to the Imperial guards seen protecting Palpatine in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. In this case, Snoke's Praetorian guards, while similar looking, are actually built for action. Though they all meet their demise at the hands of Kylo Ren and Rey, these Praetorian guards are very capable of battle, something we never got to see Palpatine's guards do.

Admiral Raddus reference.

Admiral Raddus

One thing Star Wars movies are very good at doing is introducing characters who get very little screen time, but managed to make a big impact. This is something that Admiral Raddus managed to do in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As a military general who helped secure the plans to the Death Star, he's an important figure in the history of the Rebellion. As such, it was very cool that in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Leia's flagship is named the Raddus. Much like his Mon Calamari brother, Admiral Ackbar, Admiral Raddus is clearly a figure worthy of remembering, both to fans and those actually fighting the good fight in the Star Wars movies.

Snoke's ring.


Supreme Leader Snoke was much more than just a hologram in The Last Jedi. We actually get to see the mysterious figure, brought to life by Andy Serkis, in the flesh. Snoke is a rather showy villain, with his gold robe and extravagant chambers. So it may have been easy to miss the ring he's wearing, but the ring is rather significant. It turns out, Snoke's ring. His ring is actually engraved with the Four Sages of Dwartii. These are some very controversial figures of the early Republic and represent some pretty deep inside, Star Wars knowledge. Sistros, Faya, Yanjon and Braata, encouraged exploration of the Dark Side of the Force and were popular figures among both Sith and Jedi. Given Snoke's connection to the Dark Side, it makes sense that he'd be a little obsessed with them.

Admiral Holdo's bracelets.

Holdo's Braclets

One of the other important, new characters introduced in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is Admiral Amilyn Holdo, played by Laura Dern. The purple-haired member of the Resistance has a history with Leia and a very distinct sense of style. The character has been explored more deeply in the expanded universe and, it turns out, that style has meaning. The bracelets Holdo wears in The Last Jedi actually represent her home planet, Gatalenta. The bracelets actually show the constellations visible to those who live on her home world. Not only is this important to her character, but shows the painstaking detail that goes into these movies.

Is Darth Revan referenced in The Last Jedi?

Darth Revan

The name Darth Revan may not mean much to casual Star Wars fans, but those who obsess over the franchise know the name well. He's a character fans have begged to have included in the new canon and, hopefully, one day on the big screen. It looks like The Last Jedi may have brought us one step closer to that. On the island of Ahch-To, there's a necklace with a red crystal on it. Most likely, a kyber crystal, which is what powers lightsabers. Going outside of what is actually seen in the movie, it's been revealed that this crystal belongs to a "Jedi Crusader," via the movie's visual dictionary. The only group ever known as Jedi Crusaders were founded by the Jedi Knight Revan, who eventually became Darth Revan. It's a bit of a stretch, but this could be the first serious canon link to Revan in the movies.

A shout out to the Beastie Boys.

Beastie Boys

J.J. Abrams reportedly loves the Beastie Boys, so it's become a tradition now to name new aliens who hail from the Abednedo line, introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, after Beastie Boys songs. The Resistance pilot in The Force Awakens is named Ello Asty, a reference to Hello Nasty, for example. In The Last Jedi, an Abednedo by the name of Slowen-Lo is spotted at Canto Bight. This is in reference to Slow and Low by the Beastie Boys. It's also worth noting that Slowen-Lo was voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

"I have a bad feeling about this."

Poe Dameron

Fans of Star Wars know the line, "I have a bad feeling about this," as it's often said in the movies. Yet, surprisingly, Star Wars: The Last Jedi doesn't seem to feature a character speaking the iconic line in any form. However, Rian Johnson did take to Twitter to confirm that it is, indeed, said in The Last Jedi. Still, fans haven't been able to pinpoint exactly where. Odds are, one of the aliens in the movie says it in their native language, making it impossible for us to catch on a first watch.

Carrie Fisher's dog Gary as an alien.

Gary Fisher Last Jedi

Sadly, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the last time we're ever going to see Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. Luckily, the movie serves as a beautiful send off to the beloved character. As another nod to the late Fisher, director Rian Johnson decided to give her beloved dog, Gary, a cameo in The Last Jedi. Were you able to spot it? If not, on your next viewing, be sure to keep an eye out at the Canto Bight casino. There, Gary the dog can be seen as an adorable little alien, serving as a great homage to Carrie Fisher.

Canto Bight homage to old Hollywood.

Canto Bight aliens

Speaking of beautiful omages, director Rian Johnson decided to include another one in Star Wars: The Last Jedi during the Canto Bight sequence. This one is a bit more abstract and not overly specific, but still clear if you have a love affair with old movies. During the introduction to the Canto Bight casino, there's a long, beautiful shot that serves as a very nice reference and homage to old-school Hollywood. The glamour, the casino, the fashion. Even though this is part of a space opera, it's clear that Rian Johnson was trying to pay his respects to the Hollywood of yesteryear that paved the way for movies like The Last Jedi.

The Prime Jedi.

The Prime Jedi

A big theme in Star Wars is providing balance to the force. The struggle between good and evil that has existed in the saga has always served to upset this balance, with the Jedi doing everything they can to restore it. On the island of Ahch-To, Luke does what he can to teach Rey about this balance. In a couple of key moments, we see a pool inside the chambers of the island that has an ancient Jedi symbol. This is known as The Prime Jedi. It depicts a kneeling figure, divided between the light and the dark, a common struggle for those strong with the Force. Like Rey, Kylo Ren and Luke's famous father, Darth Vader.

Benicio Del Toro's D.J.


Heading into Star Wars: The Last Jedi, one of the most mysterious figures was Benicio Del Toro's new character, known only as D.J. While many fans figured we would get more of a name and deep explanation of his character, that didn't really turn out to be the case. D.J. was actually a codebreaker who didn't have any real allegiance to the Resistance or the First Order. He's just a man trying to make his way in the galaxy. As we see clearly once he stabs Finn and Rose in the back for personal gain. But that just goes to his personal philosophy; "Don't join." It turns out, D.J. is actually a name and an abbreviation of his personal philosophy that guides him through the Star Wars universe.



One of the key plot points in Star Wars: The Last Jedi involves Rose and Finn trying to find a codebreaker to help them get aboard Supreme Leader Snoke's ship. In the real world, we might call this hacking. In the Star Wars canon, these folks are known as Slicers. This term has been used in the expanded universe for quite some time, but in the movie, D.J. actually says the word "slice" as he's doing his codebreaking. So we can add Slicer to the long list of hip Star Wars slang.

Luke makes a prequel reference.

Darth Sidious

The Star Wars prequels have their defenders, but many fans still largely dislike what George Lucas did with those movies. However, the new Star Wars movies and Lucasfilm canon has not been shy about referencing these movies. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is no different. In the original trilogy, Palpatine was simply known by that name, or the Emperor. The name Darth Sidious was only used in the prequels. Until now. At one point, while talking to Rey, Luke actually refers to Palpatine as Darth Sidious. This serves as a direct reference to the prequels, made by one of the most beloved characters in the original trilogy.

Leia's R2-D2 message to Obi-Wan.

R2D2 Obi-Wan Leia Message

The thing that started the whole Star Wars saga comes full-circle in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. When Rey first encounters Luke, he wants nothing to do with her. It isn't until Luke Sets foot aboard the Millennium Falcon and finds his old buddy R2-D2 that his tone starts to change. This is largely thanks to R2 playing Luke the message that Leia gave the droid to play for Obi-Wan Kenobi, calling for his help. Upon seeing this message, Luke gets emotional and changes his tune. This isn't exactly a hidden thing in The Last Jedi, but it serves as a lovely and touching reference to the original Star Wars and helps cement Carrie Fisher's legacy in her final movie.

"If you strike me down now, I shall become more powerful."

Obi-Wan Kenobi Force Ghost

Rian Johnson does a great job in Star Wars: The Last Jedi of calling back to the original trilogy, but not doing it in a heavy-handed way. This is perhaps never more evident than during the confrontation between Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker. Kylo Ren, naturally, threatens to kill Luke. However, Luke warns Kylo that if he follows through and strikes him down, he'll become more powerful. This is in direct reference to Obi-Wan's conflict with Vader. Before Darth Vader kills Obi-Wan, he famously says, "If you strike me down now, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine." Luke has truly become the master by the time he references this line in The Last Jedi.

Han Solo's gold dice.

Millennium Falcon dice

One of the biggest things wrong with Star Wars: The Last Jedi is that it doesn't really deal with Han Solo's death. Sure, the Resistance is just trying to hold on for dear life, but still. Addressing Solo's death in a more direct way would have seemed worthy. Still, there are references to Han Solo in the movie. For instance, his gold dice aboard the Millennium Falcon, which are gifted to Leia later. These dice are not something many fans may even be aware of, but they can be spotted on the Falcon in the original trilogy. It's something Luke clearly remembers when he boards the Falcon and gives him fond memories of his friend, who died at the hands of Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Twin suns.

Twin Suns

One of the most iconic images in all of Star Wars history is Luke Skywalker staring at the twin sons on his home planet, Tatooine. In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke's final moments are spent staring at a set of twin suns on Ahch-To, calling back to his more humble days as a moisture farmer on Tatooine. After finishing his confrontation with Kylo Ren, Luke finds himself worn out and running out of life on Ahch-To, but with a sense of purpose. As he stares at the horizon with his final moments, the twin suns can be seen, beautifully bookending his {Star Wars] story.

Jurassic Park reference.

Jurassic Park

Yes, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has a reference to Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park in it. No, we don't mean Laura Dern, who plays Ellie in the Jurassic Park franchise. There's an actual, visual reference during the Canto Bight casino sequence. When Rose and Finn free the fathiers, aka space horses, they tear through the casino, carving a massive path of destruction. At one point, we see a glass on one of the tables. As the stampede approaches, we see the liquid in the glass ripple. This is a clear reference to the glass of water in the car that ripples as the T-Rex approaches in Jurassic Park. Well done, Rian Johnson.

Snoke is a lot like Palpatine.

Snoke Palpatine

One popular theory about Supreme Leader Snoke heading into Star Wars: The Last Jedi is that he was somehow going to be a reincarnated version of Palpatine. While this didn't turn out to be the case, the two certainly share a lot of similarities. For one, their throne rooms are similar and, as discussed previously, they both have similar guards. Not only that, but Snoke takes Rey's lightsaber and puts it on his chair arm, just as Palpatine does in Return of the Jedi with Luke's lightsaber. Snoke also shows Rey the Resistance ships being destroyed, just as Palpatine does with Luke. So, while the characters may not be the same, they certainly are similar in many respects. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a rich movie with a lot going on. Director Rian Johnson didn't just give us a paint-by-numbers adventure in a galaxy far, far away. He made it his own and, as we can see, there's a lot to look out for in the movie. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out now so be sure to look out for some of what you might have missed next time you watch the latest Star Wars adventure.

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